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Poster: jds121291 Date: Feb 15, 2011 9:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: 5-19-74 jam

holy shit. the jam after Truckin'. is this their greatest jam ever? im pretty sure ive never heard one like it but if there is a similar one please someone point me to it.



http://www.archive.org/details/gd74-05-19.sbd.clugston.6957.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Feb 16, 2011 5:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5-19-74 jam

One of the best 74 shows, but the year is chock loaded with great jams...a lot of folks like the 6-28 jam with the mind left body jam.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Feb 15, 2011 1:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5-19-74 jam

No time to provide links, but you should try:

6/16/74 Truckin'>Nobody's Fault>jams
6/20/74 Truckin'>jam>Eyes
6/26/74 Truckin'>Other One jam>Spanish jam
6/28/74 Let It Grow>jam w/ Mind Left Body
7/19/74 Let It Grow>Spanish jam
7/31/74 Truckin'>jam>Mind Left Body>Spanish jam
8/5/74 Truckin'>jam

The Other Ones from 8/6/74 and 10/17/74 you might also like. There's also a nice extended Truckin' from 5/25/74.

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Poster: sakanaband Date: Feb 15, 2011 1:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5-19-74 jam

The previous poster picked some really juicy bits from '74. Try this one from 1973. It's a stunning jam and the rest of the show is just outrageously great. 6/22/1973 Vancouver Matrix mix

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1973-06-22.mtx.seamons.92375.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: jds121291 Date: Feb 16, 2011 1:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5-19-74 jam

thanks a lot!

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Feb 16, 2011 8:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5-19-74 jam

That's one of my favorite Truckin's for sure. Nice call.

Here's my non-comprehensive write-up of noteworthy 1974 Truckin jams

February 22, 1974 – Winterland, San Francisco, CA – Truckin’> Nobody’s Fault

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1974-02-22.sbd.gans-latvala.samaritano.26763.shnf

This is a powerful Truckin with a pretty swinging Nobody’s Fault (with vocals) that sounds more like Wang Dang Doodle than most other versions. Jam eventually winds down into GDTRFB.

May 19, 1974, Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR – Truckin’> MLB jam

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1974-05-19.sbd.fix.miller.107165.flac16

Flat-out awesome Truckin/Nodody’s attack into a gorgeous MLB/NFA jam. One of the best parts of one of the year’s best shows.

May 25, 1974, Campus Stadium, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA – Truckin’> Nobody’s jam> Space> Let it Grow

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1974-05-25.sbd.jmiller.205.sbeok.shnf

The Dead tear Truckin’ apart like a band at the height of its powers and then rip into a brief but blistering Nobody’s jam that descends into a spicy little groove before entering pretty deep space.

June 20, 1974, The Omni, Atlanta, GA – Truckin’> Jam> Eyes> Slipknot> China Doll

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1974-06-20.sbd-set2.finney.211.shnf

This sequence is an earful alright. A highly-rated Truckin is a bit sloppy through the song part and kind of lazy to develop. But it tightens up at the right moment and Jerry rides the slow groove directly into a Nodoby’s-type jam, and then back into another Truckin crescendo sequence at about 8:30 minutes in, and then rides a Nobody’s jam out into space, complete with heavy bass and a vicious tiger jam. Certainly one of the longer Truckin’s, depending on how you time it. The heavy space rock stuff is really pretty awesome and an example of what made ’74 so special.

June 26, 1974 - Providence Civic Center

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1974-06-26.akgd1000e.moore.berger.105919.flac24

Thanks to Light into Ashes for pointing this one out. This Jerry Moore audience recording is a little hissy (and very clappy) but is a nice recording overall, and the excitement is palpable as Truckin’ gets underway. The rhythm section really keeps this one moving along and Jerry has a highlight moment or two before they even get to the nine-minute mark. Strong stuff indeed! And the crowd reaction is cool. It’s amazing how well the rhythm section comes across on this audience recording. They slow it down into a more traditional Nobody’s jam kind of thing, and Keith makes sure the song retains an authentic barroom feel even as they enter a more intense Other One style jam in the eleventh minute and then descend into a short bass solo. Phil slips in a couple of cheeky false starts to begin the Other One.

June 30, 1974 – Civic Center, Springfield, MA – US Blues> Truckin’> Eyes

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1974-06-30.sbd.miller.96275.sbeok.flac16

Only US Blues> Truckin (to my knowledge), and it’s a real transition that works pretty well. Funny that they never did it again. And a fully-realized, 13+ minute Truckin.

July 31, 1974, Dillon Stadium, Hartford, CT – Truckin’> MLB jam> Spanish jam> Wharf

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1974-07-31.sbd.miller.32353.sbeok.flac16

There’s something special about this version that’s apparent from the very start—like Jerry’s toast had a little extra butter on it tonight. The band sounds very loose, and they do go off the rails a bit during the crescendo jam, but all’s well that ends well, and that’s exactly what happens here, with some really funky jams that go off in all sorts of directions before finally settling into MLB jam. Whatever Jerry took that night, I want some. Must-hear material.

August 5, 1974, Philadelphia Civic Arena, Philadelphia, PA – He's Gone > Truckin' > Jam > The Other One Jam > Space > Jam > Stella Blue

http://www.archive.org/details/gd74-08-05.aud.weiner.21294.sbeok.shnf

Thanks again to Light into Ashes, who suggested this monster (as well as the next night). The board was removed because parts of this and the next night are on Dick’s Picks Vol. 31, including this entire jam suite from He’s Gone through Stella Blue. This has to be one of the all-time great Truck-splosions, followed by a sick little Nobody’s jam that quickly evolves into a kind of Other One space. Great energy that spawns a huge 30-minute jam.

August 6, 1974 – Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, NJ – He's Gone-> Truckin'-> Drums-> Spanish Jam-> Other One

http://www.archive.org/details/gd74-08-06.merin.weiner.gdADT.5914.sbefail.shnf

Parts of this show are on Dick’s Picks Vol 31, though not the Truckin, which is from the previous night. It’s not quite a heavy hitter like the previous night, but this one is still very nice and leads ultimately into Spanish jam.

September 14, 1974, Olympia Halle, Munich, Germany – Truckin’> MLB jam> Wharf Rat

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1974-09-14.philips-Schinzel.teute-greenberg.9890.shnf

Major vocals flub, but it’s Germany, so who cares? They more than make up for it with the mid-song jam, the big wind-up, and the post-jam, which goes very purposefully and gracefully out into space, then catches flight, with Jerry turning corner after corner, and everyone else just trying to keep up. Then a gorgeous little MLB jam and then a soft landing at Wharf Rat. This is an underrated show. Sounds incredible on the audience recording. Triple encore = Eyes, Saturday Night, US Blues

September 20, 1974 – Palais des Sports, Paris, France – Truckin’> Eyes

http://www.archive.org/details/gd74-09-20.sbd.gasperini.5648.sbeok.shnf

Phil offers up a crazy intro to start of this groovy Truckin. Nice fat sound to get things going. Definitely a trippy sound, whatever it is they were on that particular evening. Jerry definitely seems to be making some adjustments for his condition, as it were.

October 19, 1974 – He’s Gone> Truckin jam> Caution jam> Drums> Space> Truckin> Black Peter

From the GD Movie Soundtrack, this is a wild version, Truckin’ is announced out of He’s Gone, but instead of starting up the song proper, they jam it out for a few minutes and head into a sweet Caution jam that goes off into drums and space before returning for Truckin. Only split Truckin? Don’t miss this one.

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Poster: jds121291 Date: Feb 16, 2011 1:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5-19-74 jam

wow man thanks. thats great. you got anymore reviews like this or did you just do this for this post?

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Feb 16, 2011 2:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5-19-74 jam

Hey, Thanks. Check this thread for more..

http://transitiveaxis.forumup.us/about197-transitiveaxis.html

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Feb 16, 2011 5:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5-19-74 jam

I know you put a great deal of work into your Truckin' analysis, but it seems a bit odd to me that you missed 4/11/72 completely. It's certainly one of the all-time greatest ever perfomances of the song. But you give a stellar write up for 9/14/74, which is so bad it's rather difficult to listen to. Normally your reviews are very solid, I'd love to hear your take on this...

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Feb 16, 2011 10:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5-19-74 jam

The list is not comprehensive, Cliff. Surely there are other obvious ones that I missed. I'm only human. 4/11/72 is great, as you say, and I added it to the list later, as I'm sure you already saw.

Bobby's flub on 9/14/74 is pretty bad, it's true, but I appreciate the recovery and the jam into space. You're free to skip it of course.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Feb 17, 2011 8:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5-19-74 jam

"Bobby's flub on 9/14/74 is pretty bad, it's true, but I appreciate the recovery and the jam into space"

No, the entire song is a mess and the jam never comes together. In fact, both 9/14/74 and 9/20/74 are very poor performances. But I guess the Grateful Dead only have to "plug in" for a show to get a five-star rating...

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Feb 17, 2011 6:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5-19-74 jam

Just my opinion. You might want to find something more interesting to get worked up about. There are dozens of other selections on that list, after all.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Feb 16, 2011 8:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5-19-74 jam

I couldn't disagree with you more about the 9/14/74 Munich performance of Truckin'

It doesnt even deserve to be mentioned with the others, it's a complete train wreck...

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Poster: Jim F Date: Feb 17, 2011 3:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5-19-74 jam

I feel the same way. I'd forgotten the date on that, but I remember seeing the setlist, a 74 journey with a big Truckin jam into Eyes, etc. I figured it would live up to the potential of all the other greats from the year. You know what? Actually I think it was 9/20. I listened to it once, was horribly disappointed, and never pulled it out again. Now I'm tempted to pull both of them out and give them a listen with different ears. It's been years.

Anyway, I once saw DSO do 5/19/74. I'd had the show locked down to an era, and when they did Money Money, I knew it was 5/19, and was REALLY looking forward to the big Truckin Jam (though the WRS was the real highlight, the first, and I think only, time I've ever seen one done by anyone). Perhaps they were tired, or it was getting late (actually maybe 20 minutes or so before the show was supposed to start Eaton came out and said they were doing a long one, so they were going to start early, "if we didn't mind."). But their take on it was REALLY tame, and rather boring. But that's also one I haven't listened to in years, I should go back and give it a chance. I think it was 1/24/05 or something, St. Louis. Not sure if it's on the LMA, but I made a passable FOB cassette master with some pretty primitive equipment.